A Widespread Suffering
Death is a widespread occurrence, and it has been that way in our world since Adam. According to the World Death Clock, currently, 56 million people die per year globally, 4,679,452.00 per month, or 153,424.70 per day.
When everyone is virtually frightened because of a virus, it might be useful to remember that another generation experienced something far worse, so far as numbers were concerned. The picture before you with the little girl in the white dress is my mother; she was almost four in 1918. This picture was from the wake, where she lost her mother and a brother.
I do not know what it is like to search for my mother and never find her. My mother did. What person in this world does not face hardship? After the devastating loss of her mother at the age of three, she had to face the possible loss of her fiance1 during World War II.
What was unknown to my mom at the time was the destiny of her son as yet unborn. I feel sorry for people who do not believe in God; everything to them is at random by chance and without Rhyme or Reason. Not a whole lot of comfort in that.
I don't mean to sound insensitive when speaking about death as if it doesn't affect people and their relatives and friends in the most traumatic way, because it does. Nevertheless, not talking about it does not make it go away. The truth is always the best medicine for anything that ails us, especially emotionally and spiritually.
So how should a feeling person think about death? The Bible is always the best place to go when desiring comfort. The Bible says, "There is an appointed time for everything. And there is a time for every event under heaven— A time to give birth, and a time to die;" (Ecclesiastes 3:1, 2) God has a plan, and there is no greater comfort than to realize that the God who created everything and who is in control also has so ordered things for the good.
Concerning those who have placed their faith in Christ alone for their salvation, God's word says, "'And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose." (Romans 8:28) My Mom and Dad were sixty-two years old when they placed their faith in Christ.
The two people in all the world that I respect the most still needed to be saved. How about you?